Three sisters and young mothers are at the heart of a terrible tragedy that shook a town in the Montérégie region, on Wednesday, while three children are dead, ejected from the shovel of a tractor.
The tragedy of a sorrow unspeakable was played in the early evening in the home of a farmer of the rang Sainte-Anne in Notre-Dame-de-Stanbridge.
In the aftermath of the accident, the neighbors and relatives of the victims, completely shaken, barely had to express so the disaster is affecting them.
On the occasion of Canada day, a man of 38 years and his wife greeted the family on their large field campaign to a festive evening. The gathering seemed to have gone smoothly, as evidenced by Thursday morning, several toys for children still visible on the rear terrace of the residence.
A camp fire
It was about 19 h, when the landowner, known as a man working and kind by the residents in the area, was absent to collect firewood in a barn to a fire.
In a context that has still not been clarified, several members of his family, six children and four adults, have taken place in the shovel of his tractor to help. The driver had also decided to take his 2 year old son with him in the cab of the agricultural vehicle.
After having loaded his shovel of wood, all the passengers have returned to their place in it, and the driver has borrowed the rang Sainte-Anne in order to return home.
Sergente of the Sûreté du Québec
“For some reason, all the people who were in the shovel and have suddenly been ejected to the ground,” said the sergente Ingrid Asselin, a spokesperson for the Sûreté du Québec (SQ).
Tragically, the two nieces of the driver, between the ages of 1 and 3 years old, and his nephew of 5 years died on the spot. Three other children, including his own, have sustained serious injuries. In addition, four adults were injured, two of whom were in critical condition Thursday night, including the sister of the wife of the farmer.
The alcohol in question ?
Of reconstitutionnistes of the SQ have been dispatched to the scene shortly after the tragedy in order to try to understand what could have been the cause. The police will assess whether the conduct of the father of the family was able to be affected by the alcohol, but it has not been the subject of any charge in this sense, during his appearance Thursday.
The tractor has been seized and will be the subject of a number of expert opinions to determine if a mechanical failure could be the cause of the tragedy.
“We’ve all done that when we were little, getting into the box of a pick-up or in the shovel of a tractor, is launching a neighbor who prefers to remain anonymous. Since this morning [Thursday], I choke in the belly. “
As is the case whenever children are involved in a serious accident, the emergency responders were extremely shaken, and psychological help was offered to them.
“They are trained for that, but it is obvious that these are ugly scenes to see and difficult to manage,” said Francis Brisebois, spokesperson for the company ambulance Dessercom.
– With the collaboration of Erika Aubin, of Roxane Trudel and Andrea Valeria